3. Don’t run into other people
This may seem obvious but let’s make it explicit: you can’t run into people with your bike. Why? Because it interferes with their ability to play the game and could result in injury.
It is considered a foul if you carry momentum into another person with your front or back wheel or from the side with your handlebars (or any other part of your bike).
It is your responsibility to control your own bike, body, and mallet.
With that said, some incidental bike-on-bike action is a normal part of the sport of bike polo. For instance, if your front wheel bumps or touches another player’s bike but doesn’t interfere with their capacity to engage in the game or damage their equipment, you are most likely good.
4. Stay in control of your mallet
Your mallet is how you maneuver and shoot the ball when playing. And at the same time you use it to play the ball, you need to be super careful that it doesn’t get hung-up on another player’s bike or body.
A couple of mallet rules:
- Keep your mallet below your and other player’s handlebars. Your mallet should be kept low, other than normal, safe windup and follow through when shooting the ball. You’re responsible for where your mallet is and ends up. No one wants to get hit in the face, hand, or body with a mallet.
- Don’t “slash” other people’s mallets. While you can and should try to steal the ball from the opposite team, and you can touch and interfere with the ball carrier’s mallet, you need to maintain control. Don’t just swing wildly at the ball or the other player’s mallet with excessive force, people are going to get bent out of shape real fast if you damage their equipment.
- Don’t jam other people’s wheels with your mallet. It is illegal to put your mallet under other players’ wheels and is called jamming. Jamming usually results in the other person dabbing or crashing since your mallet stops their wheel unexpectedly and suddenly. Keep your mallet away from other players’ wheels.